Split Film Festival Returns in September for 24th Edition

Daniela Rogulj

September 9, 2019 – The 24th Split Film Festival is held from September 18 to 25, 2019.

The 24th edition of the Split Film Festival/International New Film Festival begins on September 18th and lasts until September 25th, bringing the premiere of independent films whose impact could be described as moving the boundaries of the established standard in film. 

All foreign films shown will be Croatian premieres, while the Croatian films that will be screened will be shown for the first time in Split. The films will be screened at the Golden Gate Cinema and Karaman Cinema.

Following the efforts of the Festival to open unexplored possibilities and ask unanswered questions, the entire Split Film Festival program encourages the much-needed discussion about the problems we face in today’s society, addressing topics such as the position of women in society, migrant crises, issues of gender and sexuality, human rights, personal freedom and the growing impact of technological development on the quality of life.

This year’s selection of films brings the works of authors who, through skillful and innovative use of film language, broaden horizons in different directions, bringing us closer to stories of socially sensitive, vulnerable and marginalized groups and individuals, suggesting that we wonder what it means to live, survive and systematically survive in a society whose rules on one side of the world change from day to day, and on the other stagnate and stubbornly struggle with change.

In addition to the competition of international feature and short films, there is also the accompanying Forum/Next Door/Frame Extended program, Croatian feature and short program, Machine Learning – AI, VR (Virtual Reality) films, and a Special Program that includes retrospectives, workshops and lectures. A lecture on Online Streaming and its impact will be delivered by Helen De Witt, Advisor of the Experimental Program for the London Film Festival, and this year’s member of the feature film jury. The lecture on the relationship between moving and static images in film will be given by a member of the short jury, Robert F. Arnold, whose retrospective of films will also have a chance to look at the Special Program, as well as a retrospective of Russian video artist Mikhail Maksimov, who deals with film and video game art.

A wide range of films will be screened during the seven days of the festival.

More information and the full program is available here.

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